NBA All-Star to change its format

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The NBA All-Star Game will switch formats this season, ditching the East vs West format as two captains will select the teams regardless of which conferences the players play in.

The move was made official on Tuesday.

Via ESPN:

The players who win the fan vote from each conference will be the captains.

There will still be 12 players selected from each conference for the game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18. Five players from each conference will be selected as starters, with the fan vote being worth 50 percent, player vote worth 25 percent and media vote worth 25 percent. Seven reserves for each team will be picked by each conference’s head coaches.

The new system will enable players from each conference to play against each other and will allow current teammates to face off. Starters will be picked first, so the 10 players voted in as starters will remain that way.